The UFC announced Tuesday that UFC 142 will feature Brazilian Rousimar Palhares vs. Mike Massenzio atmiddleweight.
Known for his devastating leglocks, Palhares has won five of his last six. Following a technical knockout defeat at the hands of Nate Marquardt in September 2010, Palhares has won back-to-back bouts, submitting Dave Branch with a heel hook in March before outpointing Dan Miller at UFC 134.
Massenzio is 1-1 during his current UFC run, losing a unanimous decision to Krzysztof Soszynski at UFC 131 in a bout he took on short notice above his natural weight class Fighting above his natural weight class, and winning a unanimous decision over former WEC champion Steve Cantwell at UFC 136.
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UFC 142: Aldo vs. Mendes
January 14, 2012
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
LIVE on PPV at 10pm ET/7pm PT
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Jose Aldo vs Chad Mendes
Sam Stout vs Thiago Tavares
Edson Barboza vs Terry Etim
Siyar Bahadurzada vs Erick Silva
Fabio Maldonado vs Stanislav Nedkov
Mike Massenzio vs Rousimar Palhares